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Tamale MCE Urges GES to Establish More BECE Examination Centers to Ease Congestion


The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Tamale, Sule Salifu, has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to create more examination centers in the Tamale Metropolis to alleviate congestion. This appeal was made during his tour of various examination centers to observe the conduct of the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Sule Salifu, accompanied by the GES Director for Tamale Metro, Nelson Konlan, visited several examination centers, including Zogbeli, Dabokpa, Ghanasco, and St. Charles. The purpose of their tour was to ensure that the examinations were being conducted smoothly and to identify any issues that needed addressing.

This year, a total of 6,267 candidates registered for the BECE in the Tamale Metropolis. However, ten students were absent for unexplained reasons. Despite the large number of candidates, only 26 examination centers were established by the GES in the metropolis, leading to concerns about congestion and its potential impact on students’ performance.

In his address to the media, Sule Salifu expressed satisfaction with the overall conduct of the examination but highlighted the need for more centers to ease congestion. “The congestion at the examination centers is a significant concern. Creating more centers will not only make the examination process smoother but will also provide a more conducive environment for our students,” he stated.

Nelson Konlan, the GES Director for Tamale Metro, shared his excitement with Zaa News about the examination process, praising the efforts of teachers and invigilators in maintaining order and ensuring that the exams were conducted fairly and efficiently.

The call for additional examination centers is expected to prompt discussions within the GES and other relevant stakeholders to find a sustainable solution to the congestion issue. As the BECE is a critical milestone in the academic journey of students, ensuring a conducive examination environment is paramount to their success.

 Story by Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhassan/

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